I have just looked at the weather forecast again and no rain is forecast for a few days, a great start to the new year for us. It is hard work in the mud taking care of livestock. The sheep don't like it either and seem to be looking at us and asking to come indoors. We've had to move them twice off the fields which have flooded onto higher ground and they do not like walking through puddles let alone floods, so they took some persuading!
We have selected about 30 ewes who are already indoors who seemed to be struggling more than the rest with the wet weather and we thought they could do with a bit of TLC. They are happily munching their way through our hay and seem much happier. Our lambs have certainly got the taste for fodder beet and came running over to greet us on the quad bike this afternoon.
Roly is busy building the pens in the lambing sheds ready for the main flock to come in next week. They will be shorn and then scanned to tell us how many lambs they are each having. We can then divide them into pens and feed them accordingly. We hope to have good scanning results as there have been reports in the farming press of low percentages due to the Schmallenberg virus which has now been confirmed in every county as well as poor nutrition from the grass as a result of the wet summer.
We are really looking forward to having all our 'shepherds for the day' who have booked up to be with us and our guests who will be joining us in the evenings during lambing as well. We still have some spaces for the evenings so get in touch if you would like to join us, see www.camillaandroly.co.uk for all the details and how to book.
Not long now until our new addition to the family arrives, we are so excited and can't believe Molly will be a big sister!
Very happy new year
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Boris and Belle